I saw the show for the first time last night, the episode that followed the BNSF train from LA east to Texas.
Other than a few side bars which didn't make much sense, but where interesting, seeing them changing out the Turbo on the GE, and then lubing up the Steamer at Steamtown (what did that have to do with anything?) I thought it was pretty decent.
Look, the show is for "normal" people - not us. We aren't "normal people", some of us here are looking at the show like its made for us, and want all the info to be absolutely correct, historically and techincally, etc, etc.
Jeez!!! Its a TV show! I was quite impressed with how many different aspects of the industry was shown in that hour - off the top of my head, the dispatcher, bridge operator, crane operator, intermodal loaders (whatever you wanna call them) car inspector, mechanical forces, MOW forces, track gangs, signals, engineering (not train engineering hahah) and the various equipment that those OTHER crafts use IN ADDITION to Train and Engine service.
Contrary to what some of us here wanna think, there are MANY other differnet crafts on the railroad and the Engineer/Conductor is not the ONLY imporantant craft on the RR. We ALL have to work together to get the trains over the road, and the show did a pretty good job of showing that.
He goes get a little "excitable" but its all in good fun. I just think its pretty damn cool to have a TV show that shows the WHOLE railroad industry, showing ALL of our jobs in a good light.
How many regular people would watch a show on trainhandling or intricate details? Ugh - reminds me of those horrible videos we had to watch in ChooChooU - im sure that would be a REAL ratings hit!!! hahhahahaha
Maybe someone could dredge up that EMD wheelslip video from like the 1960s with I think it was a C&O GP40. RIVITING footage......
On the RR, "believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see"
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